Self Portrait
Marina Abramovic, 2005, 4'06''

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This work draws from the artist's earlier work 'Nude with Skeleton', which shows her lying with the skeleton in the same position. Self Portrait is a close-up shot of Abramovic lying with a skull, connected to a skeleton, resting on her face. Their two faces are turned toward the camera lying on their backs. Abramovic stays still but breathes heavily, lifting the skeleton's neck and head with her breath. At times, she turns her face toward the skull, pressing her face and lips against it. The tightness of the shot draws attention to the extremely close contact between Abramovic's face and the lifeless skeleton. By pressing her lips against the skull, Abramovic presents the relationship between life and death as intimate, even erotic. The work's title invites te question: which of the two figures, artist or skeleton, is the subject of the “self-portrait”? These images recall not only 'Nude with Skeleton' but also 'Cleaning the Mirror', 'Count on Us' and her other “skeleton” performances. Read more...

  • Date: 2005
  • Length: 4'06''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA